Reviewed by Marianne van der Wel
Victoria McQueen has a special gift for finding things. On her bike she makes her way across a rickety covered bridge to wherever she needs to go. But Victoria isn’t the only one with a gift. Charles Manx likes to take kids for a ride in his Rolls-Royce Wraith. With his car he can travel the hidden roads that transport them to a playground he calls Christmasland.
Gifts like this come with a price. Vic looses a bit of herself every time she crosses that bridge. The car ride with Manx transforms his passengers into something as terrifying as their benefactor. Then, one day Victoria goes looking for trouble and what she finds is Manx.
I have eagerly awaited a new book from Joe Hill for some time and I have been rewarded for my patience.
Right from the start I knew NOS4A2 was going to be one of my favourites. The first chapter already freaked me out and got me wondering what the hell was going on. And I kept wondering throughout the entire story.
The characters were diverse and very colourful. The scenery is vivid and connects seamlessly with what is going on, the writing is clear and engaging.
It is a story about (and for) the imagination. With a time span of sixteen years it is also about growing up and the loss of innocence. These can be heavy subjects to touch, but Joe Hill does it brilliantly.
I don’t know what else to say but that I absolutely loved it and wish there were more stories like NOS4A2.
(Blogmistress’s note: In one of those “…?”-decisions, the UK title has been changed to NOS4R2.)
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